Hi I have been on here a couple of times before. I have 2 oscars in a 125 gallon. I do weekly 50% water changes (not fun) and try to feed my oscars a verity of different foods. Here's the problem. As my oscars have grown they have had different preferences of food. My one loved worms but the other would just play with them now they both won't eat them. I would feed them cichlid pellets then a worm or two. Now one won't eat worms or anything and the other eats all the pellets. I do feed them frozen bloodworms sometimes and they like those but it doesn't seem like enough. Any ideas on how to keep my guys healthy. I have tried different types of cichlid pellets floating, sinking, big, little ect. Maybe my one has a disease? This has been going on for a couple of weeks. I guess I figured he would eat when he was hungry. Thanks for the help in advance
This all could simply be because many fish can be fussy eaters and you might want to try a bit more variety.
You could also feed-up the one that eats pellet and worms before giving bloodworms to the other one. Then try new foods while the one that is eating is full.
However you might be right that this is a sickness. Oscars are a messy fish and require very good filtration.
Good filtration means less stress and therefore less chance of disease.
Check your water parameters to make sure that things are OK.
Diseases to watch out for and that tend to stop eating are;
*Parasitic infections like flukes that can be seen as tiny worm like critters hanging off your fish or around its gills. Glancing/rubbing and gill flaring go with this, there and other parasites (too mamy to mentiion here) most are easy to treat with a NON-iodised salt treatment, rate of 1tsp/5 gallon. There are also medications available from you LFS
*Bacterial infection, this usually goes with stringy poop, a slightly bloated gut, flaring of the gills and SOMETIMES external blisters on the head (research hole in the dead disease, very common in cichlids). If this is the case you will need a med with a an antibiotic.
*Least likely is that it could be a worm. The fish will look hollow in the gut and this will be obvious. there are meds for this again.
Hope this is help. After a bit more observation you might get some better indications of whether it's disease or not. All the same do a good water change then a salt treatment won't hurt as a precaution.
And always test your water to ensure the parameters are OK
Sorry this is not more specific. Let us know if there are any of the above signs and maybe let us know your water parameters.
hmmm...thanks for the answer. Is it normal for a fish to change their eating habits or preferences? I will check my water when I get home. The water usually pretty good not sure of the exact perimeters right now but I will let you know. I have not noticed any worms hanging out of their gills but they have always had stringy poop I have always assumed this was normal? No abnormal bloating or hollowed gut that I can remember seeing. Will do salt treatment and keep an eye on them. Thanks for the help i'll be back.
These poor guys have been helping me learn to care for them for a while now I hope they don't have any major problem caused by my lack of knowledge.
My saratoga changes his eating habits all the time and it $%#^s me beyond belief, but he's a member of the family so he gets what he wants. I've had other fish do it too, but once they get to know what real hunger is they uaually come around.
The fact that the fussier of your fish is still eating bloodworm is a good sign (just costly)that this is not disease. This is why I suggested feeding the other one well 1st. Then you could feed most the blood worm to the other one.
And yes oscar poop is stringy, but if it becomes pail-white even transparent and very stringy then there is a problem and this is usually an internal infection.
Just make sure that they have the right level of filtration and keep up the water changes.
Also the salt treatment wont hurt.
as far my knowledge,oscars need meaty diet in their menu.try for a goat/beef heart mix,they will surely love it.if u want to feed them the beef heart mix,do some water changes after feeding.a good filteration is indeed needed in an oscar tank.i suggest u go for one cannister filter along with top filter of atleast 1500 LPH.
hope it helps.
if u dont know the recipe for a goat/beef heart mix,let me know.i can help you.i can bet ur oscars will gorge on that food stuff.
my friend who is also having oscars sometimes feeds his oscars with small slices of chicken.
Thanks for the help...I would love that recipe saibal thanks. Is the chicken good for them? cooked or raw? I have two double whisper filters and like I said I do a 50% water change every week and I do another partial one if I think the water is cloudy. I did add the salt and checked my water and everything looks good a little acidic but nothing too bad I use the test strips. Maybe he's just being grouchy. Any ideas of something to stimulate them I heard some oscars like to play with golf balls but my don't. I took out the plastic plants because they would just destroy them somehow they would remove the weights so that I would come into the room and all the plants would be ripped up and floating on the top
i am giving raw chicken to my oscar and he loves it. Even my both oscars love eating live frog, live worm and grasshopper. give a try they will surely love it.
Soraj notice how this was posted three years ago
hi I know this is a 4 year old post but my Oscar has stringe white poo what medication should I use he has been of his food for five days and iam freaking out need help